We've just returned from a fab week of skiing in Saalbach Hinterglemm with heaps of snow, staying at the Barbarahof, and can say that it really does match the images on its shiny new website (http://www.barbarahof.at/pages/englisch/portal.php).Everything is well thought out, spotlessly clean and smoke free (with the exception of the cellar bar) - almost unique in Austria! It is very much a family affair with the owners really wanting to make sure your stay is going well and that's what makes it stand apart - they are regularly helping in the dining room and talking to guests (though the Manager's English is limited his son is always on hand to answer questions) I was ill during the stay and Rudy appeared with some linctus to help me sleep and on the last evening all the children were offered gifts - an thoughtful touch. The food was excellent, the staff helpful and the rooms very comfortable (we were in 310 deluxe).
There were also several activities free throughout the week but we didn't participate either through tiredness/illness or because of the language difficulty.
Load a German translate app ahead of arrival for the menu selections plus a mini dictionary for the restaurants on the slope (we forgot!)
The buses get busier than usual if there is bad weather/lift closures meaning they can be full btw Saalbach and Hinterglemm where the hotel is, so they just sail on past without stopping! We had to resort to taxis one day. Use the mini train on those days as it's empty when it starts at the hotel (lastest departure 9.30am), get out v early or just grab a 10 euro taxi for 4 rather than wasting time in the bus line for an hour.
As we had a car with us, we drove to the free Saalbach underground car park by the lifts at the top of the town to save the children (and us) dragging skis up the hill - just get you ticket stamped at the ticket office at THE BOTTOM of one of the main lifts and it's free.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to your hotel in Saalbach Come on in and feel right at home at Hotel Barbarahof, your hotel in Saalbach. Our classy establishment that is always open offers best comfort and charm as well as a distinctively cosy and friendly atmosphere. Family Steger is pleased to welcome you to their traditional house at the World Championship site of Saalbach Hinterglemm surrounded by the charming panorama of the Salzburg Alps. As a ski hotel in Saalbach Hinterglemm, we help you make a beeline to the next slope. ... more less
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